What are you afraid of? Five chilling book recommendations
Having recently seen the brilliant remake of Stephen King’s IT – and just as season two of Stranger Things begins – Editorial Director, Angus Cargill, recommends five devilish Faber reads that will chill you to the core . . .
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
More of a thriller, but this murderous tale of a disastrous apartment swap – with its superb switching points of view – is so suspenseful that you won’t want to read it if you’re home alone.
Little Sister Death by William Gay
The late William Gay’s final novel is a superb haunted house story, inspired by Tennessee’s Bell Witch hauntings (which will in itself have you googling frantically). William Gay’s earlier novel Twilight was, incidentally, picked by Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly as his novel of the year for 2007.
Stallo by Stefan Spjut
Looking for an old-fashioned irony-free brick of a supernatural thriller in the vein of classic ’70s Stephen King? Look no further that this novel of trolls and shapeshifters set in the northern wilds of Sweden.
The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin
This 1960s Edgar winner was Fremlin’s first novel, a terrifyingly tense first person account of a sleep-deprived mother’s growing paranoia, or is it something else? Beware the novel’s central set-piece, in which our narrator takes her baby and pram to the park at 3 am . . .
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Carroll’s astonishing graphic debut of Gothic, feminist driven, fairy-tale like stories will, as with Peter Swanson’s Her Every Fear, have you checking under your bed and afraid to turn out your light . . .